Packers S Sean Richardson is just happy to be wearing a uniform after all he’s been through in the past year to come back from neck surgery.
But he may be more than just a contributor down the stretch this season. He could be moving into the No. 2 safety spot.
Richardson took the bulk of the snaps in last Sunday’s game alongside Morgan Burnett after M.D. Jennings missed an open-field tackle on Atlanta WR Drew Davis’ 36-yard TD catch.
Asked on Wednesday if he expects to start on Sunday in Dallas, Richardson said he didn’t know.
“It’s up to the coaches,” he said. “I’m just taking it every day, preparing myself, just like I always do. If my name is called, I’ll be ready.”
Calling it “a long journey” to come back from his neck fusion surgery, Richardson — who missed all of the offseason and training camp and began the regular season on the PUP list — said even with limited on-field time in his second season, he still feels like a much better player than he did last year as an undrafted rookie.
“I know the defense a lot better, and I know the offensive tendencies,” he said. “I learned how to study film a little more, and I’m still learning, but (the game is) a lot slower as opposed to last year.”
Now, should he indeed seize a larger role on defense the rest of the way, Richardson has to take advantage of it. His window of opportunity to play this season seemed small given the type of injury he was recovering from, but now here he is. He’ll be one of the more intriguing players to watch as the season winds down.
“I always kept high hopes, prayed about it, kept faith, had a lot of support,” he said. “I didn’t have any doubts. I felt good, my neck felt great, I was confident in it. The doctors and coaches liked the results, so I was just waiting for the green light.”
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